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President’s Message: The Far-Reaching Impact of Active Giving

Contributed by: Heath Combs

Photo_Truliant_President_Todd_HallThe following column was written by our President Todd Hall, pictured at left. 

“There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.” Former President George H.W. Bush (1924-2018)

Each year, Truliant strives to be more than just a great community credit union. We actively support the health and well-being of our communities with the same intensity that we assist our member-owners to achieve financial successes. We always work to support community causes that change lives and make a difference.

For example, Truliant’s financial education grants program – now in its third year – supports classroom experiences like Robert B. Glenn High School’s money-management skills class for special needs students in Kernersville, N.C. These kinds of programs pay dividends for the individual students – but they also enrich and strengthen entire communities. When students become adults who are able to handle their personal finances effectively, they become an important community asset.

And as a member of many communities, Truliant has a responsibility to help our neighbors during local disasters. 

In 2018, Truliant quickly offered financial support to impacted communities following the April tornado in Greensboro and Hurricane Florence in September. Simply put – it was the right thing to do.

Truliant believes that our local nonprofit organizations and educational institutions form the backbone of our communities. Schools and nonprofits are often the driving forces that create and maintain the cultural fabric that forms vibrant community mosaics of people and ideas. 

Truliant understands and appreciates our role as a catalyst in making these important community assets stronger so people have an opportunity to thrive.

With 34 locations – and growing – a staff of more than 700 employees and more than 230,000 member-owners, Truliant believes more than ever that we must assist with the heavy lifting that strengthens local communities and builds capacity. It’s one of the reasons that we’re providing 16 hours of paid volunteer time for all Truliant employees in 2019. We want all of our employees to be able to support and improve the educational and nonprofit organizations of their choice.

Truliant is a full partner in a number of large and small community-development efforts and events. In 2018, these alliances included:

• Sponsoring or participating in more than 250 local events.
• Contributing $435,000 to our member communities through corporate sponsorships, community mini grants, scholarships, financial education grants and charitable donations.
• Awarding 10 grants, totaling $42,000, from the Truliant Financial Education Fund, for public-school teachers who incorporate personal finance into their lesson plans.
• Sponsoring eight free Community Shred Days at Truliant locations, shredding 200,000 pounds of paper from more than 1,600 participants.
• Countless hours of service – both seen and unseen – by executives, managers and employees who serve on local boards and volunteer at all levels of community organizations and educational institutions.

This year, when you see Truliant at events in your community, remember that Truliant gives because we owe a great deal to others.

We are generous because we appreciate how our member-owners have helped us increase our capacity for doing good in each of our communities. And, that Truliant’s charitable-giving programs are an extension of loyal member-owners like yourself.

Thank you for being a part of Truliant, and thank you for supporting our efforts to make a lasting influence in all of our communities.

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